Cancer Caregiver Realizes the Impact of His Advocacy Work


When Jeff Bushnell was contacted by a patient with an MPN who lived in the Philippines, he realized how his advocacy work was impacting patients around the globe.

This video features Jeff Bushnell, a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) caregiver and former MPN Hero recipient and advocate for the Patient Empowerment Network, who discusses an instance that made him realize the importance of his advocacy work.


I'll tell you one thing that happened to me through the Patient Empowerment Network program that we're involved with that made me want to keep doing this.

Out of the blue, I got an email from a gentleman in the Philippines wanting to know what to do. He had a hematologist (from whom) he could get … some knowledge, but there are no specialists in the Philippines, and he wanted to know what to do.

I was able to give him an answer, and refer him to people who could do telemedicine and experts in the MPN field here in the United States to make the connection.

I felt really good about that. I didn't realize that our work was reaching that far out. We just make these little videos, Summer and I, every month and you kind of wonder whether we’re doing anything. That really hit me. So that alone was worth wanting to continue to do the work.

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